|| Metropolis Records
||Stephan Groth, Geir Bratland, Angel, Fredrik Brarud.
Hard:drive, Metropolis, Tatra Productions: Major: Gun Records (SonyBMG).
||"Just as some bands are remembered for one song and one song only, which they carry through their careers like a millstone around their neck, other bands get tagged with a label which, no matter how hard they try, never leaves them. The schooldays nickname you hoped to leave behind for ever in the playground, but somehow it stuck.
Apoptygma Berzerk were a prime candidate to be chained to the fence encircling the post-gothic electro alternative camp, having started out in 1991 wearing all the tell-tale signs, the jet black hair and existential scowls, their music a synth-driven shot in the arm, infused with EBM sequencers.
Today, over fifteen years later, with so many bands gone but not forgotten, and so many others forgotten but not gone, it is a testimony to Apoptygma Berzerks creativity and ingenuity that their sound has transcended musical categorization without losing any of its energy or authenticity.
Stephan Groth, founder, author, composer, in short the mastermind of APB, is into double figures with Apoptygma Berzerk albums, if we include the live recordings APBL1998, APBL2000 and the 2003 Singles Collection. It is an art in itself to keep a band sounding so fresh and hungry over such a lengthy period and it is a sign of his growing confidence as an artist that he has succeeded not only in shaping and developing Apoptygma Berzerks musical output, but has managed to do so without alienating the bands fanbase who, in the early days at least, were indeed drawn from the ranks of the goth techno rock fraternity (those labels again; electro-pop, EBM, synthpop lurked in the shadows).
If the first two longplayers sat most comfortably in that genre pool, the third studio album, Welcome To Earth proved to be pivotal in terms of entering new sonic territory and in confirming that Apoptygma Berzerk had well and truly arrived on the international stage on both sides of the Atlantic. The single Kathys Song, lifted from the LP, was a massive club hit right across Europe and in the USA, whilst the album itself, which also featured two more classics, Starsign and Eclipse, and a cover version of Metallicas Fade to Black, sold hugely successfully in the States.
There is a school of thought which maintains that, as a groups popularity grows, the band inevitably shifts towards the mainstream. In the case of Apoptygma Berzerk, one can point to the introduction of more guitars and a stronger songwriting sensibility, but there is an undeniably organic feel to their growth in stature. The mainstream itself is in a state of permanent flux and, just as Groth sought and found inspiration in the Velvet Underground, Bowie and Talk Talk, so too can one hear the influence of Apoptygma Berzerk on the current music scene. Bands in the contemporary spotlight have learned from their example that it is possible to craft songs from techno elements or that synthesizers have earned the right to return to centre stage in pop. Witness the worldwide appeal of The Killers or the full-on exuberance of Shiny Toy Guns. If this is what is meant by the mainstream, perhaps it is not such a bad place to be... (www.theapboffice.com)
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Rocket Science - 2009
The Singles Collection (2xCD, Comp, RM, RE, Dig) - 2008
Welcome To Earth (CD, Album, RM, RE, Dig) - 2007
Unicorn & The Harmonizer DVD (CD, EP, RE, RM, Dig + DVD) - 2007
The Singles Collection (2xCD, RM, RE, Dig) - 2007
Sonic Diary (CD, Album, Comp) - 2007
Soli Deo Gloria (CD, Album, RE, RM, Dig) - 2007
Harmonizer (CD, Album, RE, RM, Dig) - 2007
More details: http://www.discogs.com/artist/Apoptygma+Berzerk